Dixon to get $9.2M restitution in Crundwell case
DIXON, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Marshals Service said Thursday that $9.2 million in restitution will soon be available to Dixon in the case of former bookkeeper Rita Crundwell who was convicted of stealing $54 million from the northern Illinois city.
The Marshals Service transferred the money to the U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois last week. Officials said the court will issue the money to the city.
Crundwell's thievery ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history. She pleaded guilty to federal charges and is serving a nearly 20-year sentence in a Minnesota federal prison. She used the money she stole on a lavish lifestyle and horse breeding operation.
The restitution was raised by selling Crundwell's many belongings, including properties, a luxury motorhome, more than 400 horses and jewelry collection. The marshals seized, managed and sold more than 500 of Crundwell's assets in 13 states.
The $9.2 million is a net figure. Marshals actually raised $12.2 million from the sale of Crundwell's estate. The $9.2 million is less $1.8 million in expenses and $1.16 million in court-ordered claims.
Dixon also is recouping about $40 million in the Crundwell case from a legal settlement with a bank and auditor.